Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > DuPont Chief Science & Technology Officer Offers Perspectives on Science and Global Policymaking at Davos World Economic Forum

Abstract:
DuPont Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer Uma Chowdhry offered her perspectives on the importance of science in the formation of global policy during a discussion at the World Economic Forum here today.

DuPont Chief Science & Technology Officer Offers Perspectives on Science and Global Policymaking at Davos World Economic Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland | Posted on January 25th, 2008

"The role of science is to inform the policymaking process, to help understand both benefits and risks, and to inform the limits of what is knowable, and what is possible," Chowdhry said. "Future progress requires a symbiotic relationship between science and policy in order to secure a lasting and sustainable future for ourselves and generations to come. Policy balances many societal interests. The role of science in this discourse should be to inform but not fully define that balance."

Chowdhry participated in a forum panel "Science and the Global Agenda" which considered the relationship between science and public policy, and outlined how science can inform policymaking in the future. The discussion addressed aging societies, climate change, disease eradication, nuclear non- proliferation and environmental degradation, and the important scientific dimensions that must be considered.

"The magnitude of the challenges that we are discussing requires major advances in our scientific knowledge and understanding," Chowdhry said. "Policy makers have the power to accelerate these advances by setting grand challenges to stimulate and direct scientific creativity; by providing targeted government funding to pursue these grand challenges; and, fostering science education and other programs that build the human scientific capital to assure the best minds are attracted to these areas.

"Policy also guides science through the establishment of ethical guidelines and regulatory requirements that specify the conditions under which new science can be brought to fruition in the marketplace, Chowdhry noted. "Such regulatory policies are currently the focus of important debates in emerging areas such as biotechnologies and nanotechnologies. With nanotechnologies, for example, there is today a healthy level of interaction of ideas among policymakers, academic scientists, corporations and public interest groups that may establish an important model for constructive collaboration in the future."

DuPont is actively engaged in the global dialogue on nanotechnologies and biotechnologies. For example, the company has actively called for and engaged in collaboration in the development of responsible safety standards and test methods for new nanomaterials as well as the coordination of research to generate reliable, peer reviewed data and has called for the adoption of appropriate regulations. DuPont and Environmental Defense jointly developed, published and adopted the Nano Risk Framework, available at www.nanoriskframework.org, which is intended to be used as a process to identify, manage and reduce potential health, safety and environmental risks of nanoscale materials across all lifecycle stages. The company has also testified before the U.S. congress on the safety, health and environmental implications of new nanoscale technologies, and is an active participant in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Health and Environmental Safety Implications of Manufactured Nanomaterials.

DuPont also is recognized as a global leader in the development of new products using biotechnology. The company practices biotechnology with the same commitment to safety that has marked more than 200 years of experience in industrial safety. It complies with regulatory systems in each country where its products are sold; supports rigorous testing and regulatory safeguards that carefully consider both human health and environmental protection; engages a panel of highly regarded outside experts who regularly review its biotech programs (DuPont external Biotech Advisory Panel) and uses its Bioethics Guiding Principles for all biotech projects. For more information, visit www.sustainability.dupont.com.

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. (www.weforum.org/).

DuPont Science & Technology provides technologies and transformational options for new and existing businesses, building on a long, rich legacy of leading-edge science and innovation. DuPont's focus is on connecting its unique technology with keen market insight and foresight to deliver solutions that make peoples lives better, safer and healthier. In 2007, DuPont commercialized over 1,200 new products with strong representation from all five growth platforms. Products commercialized over the last five years accounted for 36 percent of DuPont's total revenue.

####

About DuPont
DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

For more information, please click here

Copyright © PR Newswire Association LLC.

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Zap! Graphene is bad news for bacteria: Rice, Ben-Gurion universities show laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling May 22nd, 2017

Leti Will Demo World’s-first WVGA 10-µm Pitch GaN Microdisplays for Augmented Reality Video at Display Week in Los Angles: Invited Paper also Will Present Leti’s Success with New Augmented Reality Technology That Reduces Pixel Pitch to Less than 5 Microns May 22nd, 2017

Sensors detect disease markers in breath May 19th, 2017

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries: Rice University prototypes store 3 times the energy of lithium-ion batteries May 19th, 2017

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Zap! Graphene is bad news for bacteria: Rice, Ben-Gurion universities show laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling May 22nd, 2017

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries: Rice University prototypes store 3 times the energy of lithium-ion batteries May 19th, 2017

Stanford scientists use nanotechnology to boost the performance of key industrial catalyst May 18th, 2017

Oddball enzyme provides easy path to synthetic biomaterials May 17th, 2017

Announcements

Zap! Graphene is bad news for bacteria: Rice, Ben-Gurion universities show laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling May 22nd, 2017

Leti Will Demo World’s-first WVGA 10-µm Pitch GaN Microdisplays for Augmented Reality Video at Display Week in Los Angles: Invited Paper also Will Present Leti’s Success with New Augmented Reality Technology That Reduces Pixel Pitch to Less than 5 Microns May 22nd, 2017

Sensors detect disease markers in breath May 19th, 2017

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries: Rice University prototypes store 3 times the energy of lithium-ion batteries May 19th, 2017

Events/Classes

Leti Will Demo World’s-first WVGA 10-µm Pitch GaN Microdisplays for Augmented Reality Video at Display Week in Los Angles: Invited Paper also Will Present Leti’s Success with New Augmented Reality Technology That Reduces Pixel Pitch to Less than 5 Microns May 22nd, 2017

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research and Microscopy and Analysis Present the Webinar: “Video-Rate Atomic Force Microscopy Enables New Research Opportunities” May 9th, 2017

Graphene flagship steers towards higher technology readiness level May 4th, 2017

Precision NanoSystems @ CLINAM 2017 May 3rd, 2017

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project